Sleepers: 10 movies you’ve never seen, but should

These 10 movies blew me away. While some of you have seen some of them, most of you haven’t seen all of them. If you’re looking for something to add to your queue, you should check these movies out.

1. Dancer in the Dark

Bjork was both charismatic and vulnerable as a devoted mother who is losing her sight but has to keep that fact hidden to protect her job and her son. It’s a great story that is made even greater when the characters suddenly burst into song. This movie made me ball my eyes out, too. Check out how the rhythm of the train becomes the rhythm of the song in “I’ve Seen It All”:

2. Oldboy

Warning–not for the faint of heart. Oldboy is a hyper-bizarre Korean movie that’s uber-violent but also amazingly creative with many twists and turns that will leave you speechless. Think Kill Bill without all of the tender, cuddly moments. The trailer:

3. City of God

A Brazilian movie set in the favelas of Rio, City of God is fast-paced and has great characters and storytelling. This movie grabbed me in the first scene and never let go. The opening:

4. Sleeper

The last two movies were very grim; Sleeper will definitely lighten the mood. It’s Woody Allen at his silliest, as a nerd who is awakened 200 years in the future. The trailer is funny in its own right as Allen jokes around about what the movie’s about:

 5. Withnail and I

Two drunken Englishmen go on holiday to a deserted cottage, bitching and moaning the entire time. The part about the chicken had me laughing so much it brought tears to my eyes: “I’m starving. How can we make it die?” The tearoom:

6. Company

I’m not even into dance, but this Robert Altman movie about a ballet company had such compelling dancing scenes that I was mesmerized, and its loose structure seems like a documentary at times. It has funny moments tucked in here and there, like when the company’s artistic director keeps complaining about all the chairs left sitting around everywhere. One of the dance scenes:

7. Box of Moonlight

An uptight electrical engineer goes “off the grid” for a few days with a goofy free spirit. Check out the breakfast served in this scene and the bowl that it is served in:

Box of Moonlight clip

8. The Up Series

I fell in love with Neil, a vivacious, intelligent 7-year-old, in the first film of this series, Seven Up. My husband and I both predicted he would be the most successful of the group. It was fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking to see the changes in his life, as well as those of the other British children in this documentary series. Since 1964, the series has been interviewing them about their lives every seven years. The first movie states the motto, “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man,” but the children’s lives were not so predictable after all. 56 Up should be coming out in 2012. The trailer for 49 Up:

9. Once

This movie became quite well-known when it won an Oscar for the song “Falling Slowly,” but I still wanted to include it on the list. This incredibly sweet tale of an Irish busker and the Czech musician he collaborates with and grows close to combines great music with a sense of what day-to-day life is like in Dublin. Oh, how I wanted Guy and Girl to get together.

Once trailer

 10. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

“Show me a happy man, and I’ll show you a disaster waiting to happen.” In this movie, the lives of a group of New Yorkers intersect in their search for happiness, which comes and goes at random. Clea DuVall played my favorite character, an optimistic young woman who has something terrible happen to her. The trailer:

My husband made a plug for his favorite movie, Zardoz, to make the list, but stay away; it’s dreadful!

10 movies you've never seen, but should

Love them? Hate them? Which movies would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

Update: 10 more movies you’ve never seen, but should

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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14 Responses to Sleepers: 10 movies you’ve never seen, but should

  1. Carol Apple says:

    Thank you Marcy L for this wonderful list. I’m dying to see all of them except Oldboy (because I can’t deal with really violent images). The only one I’ve seen is Sleeper and it’s been ages. Dancer in the Dark and Company sound most intriguing to me because I love dance. I always have a bunch of films I want to see but then when I go to my Netfix queue I can never remember what they are, so now I have a really excigting guide!
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  2. You’re right. I’ve never seen any of these. I’ll have to check a few out.

  3. Claire says:

    ‘Once’ was my absolute favourite the year it came out and all the better for the Hollywood actor who left the film after refusing to act with a non-professional actress – so instead we get the actor who actually wrote and composed the music and we discover that they became a couple in real life. A fantastic musical film and one I love to rewatch.

    Dancer in the Dark, a real classic, was just talking about the first time we watched this film today, how apt to see that train clip again.

    Thanks for the other references, will keep an eye out for them. I can recommend ‘Hankyu Railway – A 15 minute Miracle’ which I recently reviewed.
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  4. An interesting list – I’m with Carol, the only one I’ve seen is Sleeper.

    I’ve almost entirely abandoned movies & TV for writing (*sob* – but something had to give) but once or twice a year I watch something. Will have to keep my eyes open for these.
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  5. Gonna have to check these out! Thanks for the list 😀
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  6. Shannon says:

    Wow, not only have I not seen nine of these movies, but most I’ve never even heard of. (Is it telling that the only one I’ve seen is SLEEPER?) I’ll have to check into these. I might even get my husband to watch the super-violent Korean movie. 😉
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  7. sammy says:

    Of the list I have seen NONE!! I thought I had seen a lot of movies but these have been off my radar. Thanks for the list!
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